Developing scenarios for robot assisted play

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This paper describes the user-centred development
of play scenarios for robot assisted play, as part of the
IROMEC project that develops a novel robotic toy for children
with special needs. The project investigates how robotic toys
can become social mediators, encouraging children with special
needs to discover a range of play styles, from solitary to
collaborative play (with peers, carers/teachers, parents etc).
This paper presents the developmental process of constructing
relevant play scenarios for children with different special
needs. This process is driven by a) a comprehensive literature
review that is related to play activities of children from
different target user groups with existing technology,
consultation with panel of experts (therapist, teachers, parents)
and b) by the result of experimental investigations of user
requirements in trials with children with special needs. An
important step (reported here) towards the development of the
final play scenarios is the development of Outline Play
Scenarios – a set of abstract scenarios that reflect the users'
requirements and which are not related to any specific
technological solution. The general methodological approach,
as well as the outline play scenarios, may benefit the
development of scenarios for other human-robot interaction
research in robot assisted play and related areas. In future,
these outline scenarios will be further developed to reflect and
utilise the specific functionalities to be implemented in the new
IROMEC robot and its different modules.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs of the 17th IEEE Int Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, RO-MAN
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2213-5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event17th Int Symposium on Robot & Human Interactive Communication - Munich, Germany
Duration: 1 Aug 20083 Aug 2008


Conference17th Int Symposium on Robot & Human Interactive Communication


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